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  • Moon near Mars, Jupiter near Saturn, and Space Station pass, all naked eye visible tonight

    11/25/2020 9:54:22 AM PST · by ETL · 25 replies
    various sources | Nov 25, 2020 | self
    The first image below is pretty much the situation in the night sky now, Nov 25, 2020. Little by little, Jupiter, from our perspective, is inching closer and closer to Saturn. And by mid-December the two planets will appear to be practically on top of each other, I think both within the space of a full moon! The 2nd image below is the situation in mid-December (this is NOT a one-day, or even one week, thing).In fact the two planets are fairly close to each other right now, Nov 25 (first image below).But in reality, Saturn is actually something like...
  • NASA Wants To Build A Nuclear Plant On The Moon

    11/16/2020 7:38:00 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 87 replies
    OilPrice.com ^ | Nov 16, 2020, 10:00 AM CST | Irana Slav
    NASA is planning to build a base and a nuclear power plant on the Moon by 2026 and is inviting proposals from companies ready to take on the challenge. [T]he plan will involve the construction of a 10-kW class fission surface power system to be used for demonstrative purposes. The plant is to be manufactured and assembled on Earth and then shipped to the Moon on a launch vehicle. This vehicle will take the plant to Moon orbit, from where a lander will take it to the surface of the satellite. The demonstration will continue for one year, and if...
  • An Asteroid Trailing After Mars Could Actually Be The Stolen Twin of Our Moon

    11/04/2020 9:13:00 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    https://www.sciencealert.com ^ | 4 NOVEMBER 2020 | PETER DOCKRILL
    The South Pole of the Moon. (NASA GSFC Scientific Visualisation Studio) =========================================================================== A distant asteroid trailing in the gravitational wake of Mars has been observed in greater detail than ever before, and the close-up reveals a surprising resemblance – one that raises some interesting questions about the object's ancient origins. The asteroid in question, called (101429) 1998 VF31, is part of a group of trojan asteroids sharing the orbit of Mars. Trojans are celestial bodies that fall into gravitationally balanced regions of space in the vicinity of other planets, located 60 degrees in front of and behind the planet. Most...
  • Best thread EVER: USA Today fact-checked The Babylon Bee about Trump wanting a Space Navy for the Moon, but then the real U.S. Navy got involved and ROFL

    10/30/2020 7:05:06 PM PDT · by McGruff · 90 replies
    Twitchy ^ | October 30, 2020 | Greg P.
    The Babylon Bee had this really funny satirical article up earlier this week joking that President Trump proposed a Space Navy now that NASA found water on the Moon: With Moon Water Announcement, Trump Proposes Space Navy https://t.co/aG1at5Wp1F — The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) October 27, 2020 And then the morons at USA Today decided this needed a fact check, which led to an even funnier “retraction” from the Bee: Sadly, we must retract this one. We'd like to thank @USATODAY for calling us out with this fact check. We will strive to do better. pic.twitter.com/5tk5ApSQjv — The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee)...
  • Did Arthur C. Clarke call it right? Water spotted in Moon's sunlit Clavius crater by NASA telescope

    10/27/2020 9:54:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Fly me to the Moon, let me swim among the starsWater molecules have been detected in soil in one of the Moon's largest sunlit craters, NASA announced on Monday, which means permanent bases on the natural satellite may be potentially a lot easier to support. The discovery was made using a telescope onboard NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) – a modified Boeing 747 capable of flying 45,000 feet above our planet. The airborne 'scope spied what may well be water in the Clavius crater, which is visible from Earth, located in the southern hemisphere, and, coincidentally, the site...
  • Scientists Just Reported The First Unambiguous Detection of Water on The Moon

    10/26/2020 11:32:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    www.sciencealert.com ^ | 26 OCTOBER 2020 | MICHELLE STARR
    It's official. There's water on the Moon. We've thought that there was for over a decade, based on detections described back in 2009, but there was room for interpretation in the wavelengths used. Now, using a different wavelength unique to water, scientists report the first unambiguous detection. Those 2009 conclusions were apparently on the money. The ambiguity arose because the 2009 detections were made in the 3-micrometre infrared band. At this wavelength, there were two possibilities - water, or another hydroxyl compound comprising hydrogen and oxygen. Led by astronomer Casey Honniball of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, a team...
  • NASA to Announce New Science Results About Moon

    10/23/2020 9:53:01 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 37 replies
    nasa.gov ^ | Oct. 21, 2020 | NASA
    NASA will announce an exciting new discovery about the Moon from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) at a media teleconference at 12 p.m. EDT Monday, Oct. 26.
  • US and seven other countries sign NASA’s Artemis Accords to set rules for exploring the Moon

    10/14/2020 12:57:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 72 replies
    Space.com ^ | 10/13/2020 | Loren Grush
    NASA announced its intention to create the Artemis Accords back in May, after working with the US State Department and the National Space Council to come up with a draft set of rules for exploring the Moon. The document’s name refers to NASA’s Artemis program, an ambitious initiative that aims to send the first woman and the next man to the Moon. NASA hopes to partner with multiple countries for the program, and the agency created the Artemis Accords to ensure that other nations could agree on best practices for sending robots and people to the lunar surface. NASA released...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Mare Frigoris

    10/08/2020 3:33:03 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 20 replies
    APOD.NASA.gov ^ | 8 Oct, 2020 | Image Credit & Copyright: Matt Smith
    Explanation: Lighter than typically dark, smooth, mare the Mare Frigoris lies in the far lunar north. Also known as the Sea of Cold, it stretches across the familiar lunar nearside in this close up of the waxing gibbous Moon's north polar region. Dark-floored, 95 kilometer wide crater Plato is just left of the center. Sunlit peaks of the lunar Alps (Montes Alpes) are highlighted below and right of Plato, between the more southern Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains) and Mare Frigoris. The prominent straight feature cutting through the mountains is the lunar Alpine Valley (Vallis Alpes). Joining the Mare Imbrium...
  • Would you expect anything else from 2020? RARE and spooky FULL MOON on Halloween will be visible to the entire world and not for just parts of it

    09/27/2020 5:11:08 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 31 replies
    ss ^ | 9/18/20 | ss
    In the bizarre year that’s 2020, another highly unusual event is headed our way. This year’s Halloween full moon will be visible to the entire world, rather than just parts of it, for the first time since World War II, astronomy educator and former planetarium director Jeffrey Hunt says. “When I was teaching, my high school students thought a full moon occurred every Halloween,” said Hunt. Not quite, though pop culture decorations sure make it seem that way. The last Halloween full moon visible around the globe came in 1944, he said. He’s written about the event on his web...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Moon Pairs and the Synodic Month

    09/26/2020 6:50:34 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 11 replies
    APOD.NASA.gov ^ | 26 Sep, 2020 | Image Credit & Copyright: Marcella Giulia Pace
    Explanation: Observe the Moon each night and its visible sunlit portion will gradually change. In phases progressing from New Moon to Full Moon to New Moon again, a lunar cycle or synodic month is completed in about 29.5 days. They look full, but top left to bottom right these panels do show the range of lunar phases for a complete synodic month during August 2019 from Ragusa, Sicily, Italy, planet Earth. For this lunar cycle project the panels organize images of the lunar phases in pairs. Each individual image is paired with another image separated by about 15 days, or...
  • LIVE Thread! President Trump Holds Campaign Event in Moon Township, PA 9/22/20 7pm EDT

    09/22/2020 3:42:55 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 551 replies
    Here we go again. I'm barely recovered from yesterday's two rallies, and guess what he's doing it again today at the Pittsburgh International Airport. 7 pm EDT! Moon Township is a suburb of Pittsburgh with a population of 25,464. Moon Township is in Allegheny County and is one of the best places to live in Pennsylvania. Living in Moon Township offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Moon Township there are a lot of bars and parks. Many young professionals live in Moon Township and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in...
  • Glistening 'Gel-Like' Substance on Far Side of The Moon Finally Identified

    07/08/2020 11:44:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    www.sciencealert.com ^ | 8 JULY 2020 | MICHELLE STARR
    A peculiar "gel-like" substance the Chinese Yutu-2 rover discovered in a small impact crater on the far side of the Moon last year has now been identified. According to analysis of the images, and comparison with Apollo samples here on Earth, it's exactly what you'd expect to find on the Moon: rock. More specifically, it's rock that was melted together - likely in the heat of a meteorite impact - to form a dark green, glossy, glassy mass. "Chang'e-4 rover discovered a dark greenish and glistening impact melt breccia in a crater during its traverse on the floor of Von...
  • The moon is 'rusting' and scientists are stunned

    09/08/2020 6:41:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/07/2020 | By Chris Ciaccia
    The rust may be a result of the water discovered on the moon A newly published study notes that the moon is "rusting," leaving experts perplexed by the discovery. The research, published in Science Advances, notes that the rust may be a result of water discovered on the moon, but it's still shocking, given the lack of oxygen and dearth of water on Earth's celestial satellite. "It's very puzzling," the study's lead author, Shuai Li of the University of Hawaii, said in a statement. "The moon is a terrible environment for hematite to form in." Li was looking at data...
  • Russia plans to send lunar lander to the moon next year

    09/07/2020 5:00:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Just The News ^ | 9/06/20 | Alex Nitzberg
    Russia has set its sights on the moon as it prepares to send a lunar lander into space next year. "The Luna-25 space project opens a long-term Russian lunar program, which includes missions to study the moon from orbit and surface, the collection and return of lunar soil to Earth, as well as, in the future, the construction of a visited lunar base and full-scale development of our satellite," a statement from Roscosmos officials says, according to Scientific American. The outlet reported that Russia is working in a partnership with the European Space Agency. The launch is slated for October...
  • The moon is rusting, and Earth is to blame

    09/03/2020 3:49:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    CNET ^ | Sept. 2, 2020 6:36 p.m. PT | Mark Serrels
    So why does rust currently exist on the moon? There are a number of factors, but Earth is partly to blame. To begin with, water exists on the moon in small quantities. Ice water exists in lunar craters, but that water exists on the far side of the moon, far from where the rust occurred. The current theory is that dust particles that often hit the moon are helping release water molecules, mixing those water molecules with iron on the surface. Then there's the oxygen part. That's where Earth comes in. Thanks to the fact it exists in such close...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Crescent Moon HDR

    08/24/2020 5:10:37 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 13 replies
    APOD.NASA.gov ^ | 24 Aug, 2020 | Image Credit & Copyright: Miguel Claro (TWAN, Dark Sky Alqueva)
    Explanation: How come the crescent Moon doesn't look like this? For one reason, because your eyes can't simultaneously discern bright and dark regions like this. Called earthshine or the da Vinci glow, the unlit part of a crescent Moon is visible but usually hard to see because it is much dimmer than the sunlit arc. In our digital age, however, the differences in brightness can be artificially reduced. The featured image is actually a digital composite of 15 short exposures of the bright crescent, and 14 longer exposures of the dim remainder. The origin of the da Vinci glow, as...
  • Miniature moon tech wins big with NASA challenge

    07/27/2020 4:16:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    Space.com ^ | 26 July 2020 | Chelsea Gohd
    The public challenge called for people to design instruments that could one day be tiny payloads for future missions to the moon. And on July 14, JPL announced the miniature winners. This challenge was inspired by a need to reduce the amount of payload weight for future missions, as big, heavy payloads require a lot of fuel (and, therefore, money) to get from Earth to the moon. By developing tiny payloads, researchers can work using smaller (and often more mobile) platforms that would cost less to launch, making that research more accessible. The challenge called for payloads no larger than...
  • Asteroid shower rained space rocks on Earth and the moon 800 million years ago

    07/26/2020 5:56:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Space.com ^ | 21 July 2020 | Charles Q. Choi
    An asteroid shower thought to have struck the moon and Earth 800 million years ago may have helped trigger Earth's greatest ice ages, a new study finds... ...to learn more about ancient impacts on Earth, scientists investigated the moon, since craters are preserved well in the vacuum of space on the lunar surface. They investigated 59 lunar craters, each about 12 miles (20 km) wide or larger using the Japanese lunar orbiter spacecraft Kaguya. The researchers analyzed when these craters formed by examining the rings of rock ejected from the impacts which created them. Small meteoroids rain down on the...
  • Moon, Jupiter and Saturn to create celestial triangle Sunday night

    07/05/2020 2:33:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    AccuWeather via Yahoo ^ | 7/03/20 | Brian Lada
    As the weekend comes to a close, the night sky will have one more treat for stargazers as Jupiter, Saturn and the moon rise together to form a triangle on Sunday night. The astronomical meetup will take place one night after the full ‘Buck Moon Eclipse,' but the moon will still appear nearly full as it rises with the two planets on Sunday night. "On Sunday night into Monday morning, July 5 to 6, 2020, the full Moon and the planets Jupiter and Saturn will form a triangle," NASA said. "The Moon will reach its highest [point] in the sky...